Author: Nancy McDonnell from ECI
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WARNING: If you haven’t watched this episode, please be aware of spoiler from reading this article.
When episode 16 begins we see a devastated Kim Bo Tong wandering aimlessly down the street having been asked by Dokgo Mate to disappear from his life. She didn’t really believe him until he tore up the photo of Kim Mi Sook & Park Ki Suk. And now with such harsh words from Dokgo Mate, her heart is broken.
Mate lovingly repairs the photo of the people he had grown up believing were his parents. People it turns out were not related to him at all. But as he stares at the ring he had been planning to give to the girl he loves, Kim Bo Tong, we see from his face just how much it took for him to give her up. How much he is suffering because he is trying to protect the one he loves.
Na Hong Ran sways Dokgo Mate’s employee Jang Duk Sang into turning over important contracts to her. And then sets legal wheels in motion to take down Mate & his companies. Sounds like Mate will be doing good not to get hauled off to have an adjoining cell with Kwi Ji’s father!
But after meeting with the chairman however, Mate decides to go on the offensive and contacts Yeo Mim to get the scoop on Hong Na Ran, I hesitate to refer to her as his “mother.”
David Choi asks again for Kim Bo Tong’s heart. She rejects him again, and somehow the message gets through. He’s never going to have Bo Tong’s heart. Because it’s always going to belong to the boy she fell in love with at 16…. Dokgo Mate.
I love the way he tells her she’s a fool for not realizing that just as he’d named his car for Bo Tong because he had feelings for her… so had Dokgo Mate before him…. named his company after the person that mattered to him the most. And then David Choi confessed another secret…that he knew that Kim Bo Tong herself was the passcode Mate needed, but that he hadn’t shared that with her because he knew she’d run off to Mate. And she does just that! And when she embraces him, Mate hugs her back tight!
The next morning who should barge into Dokgo Mate’s office, but former Prosecutor Lee, who is now a private attorney looking to help a friend and make a name for herself by taking him on as her first case! With help from Kim Bo Tong & David Choi (and his brother, Pak Moon Soo), the charges against Dokgo Mate are revealed to be the work of MG Group.
Bo Tong’s mother comes to Mate to comfort him with home cooking and some words of advice. That it must have been hard for his mother to send such a beautiful baby away. Mate says his mother is heartless. But Bo Tong’s mother claims she probably wasn’t always that way. That all those years she had to deal with the guilt of abandoning her son. She urges him to go to his mother (Na Hong Ran) and try to offer her some comfort by forgiving her, someone who felt she didn’t even have the right to tell her own son, that she was sorry. And she tells Dokgo Mate, this is what her friend, Kim Mi Sook would have wanted him to do.
Dokgo Mate does just so. And that’s when we meet woman #10 – the World’s Most Formidable Woman – Mother. He tells her he’s sorry for being born and wishes her a long and happy life. And that’s when we see the iron lady’s walls turn to ashes.
After Mate leaves her husband comes to her & confesses he had wanted to set things right before he couldn’t anymore. And so we see that for all her scheming it had come to naught. She asks her husband “what do I do?” And he hugged her and reminded her, “You have our children.”
Meanwhile David Choi drives down a lonely road… and stops for a hitchhiker. She says she is so cold, because last night she’d went glamping. And a smile of pure joy spreads over his face… at last! David Choi has found a kindred spirit! Hurray for the second lead getting a girl!
A year later we find Mate is running a restaurant… where Bo Tong meets him for lunch. He gives her a bite of meat in a lettuce wrap. And after she gobbles it down, he tells her there was a ring inside. She acts all panicked and they start to head out to the hospital when she suddenly stops him & reveals she didn’t really swallow the ring. Mate grabs her & pulls her in for a deceptively gentle kiss… and as the music swells & Jang Keun Suk’s voice is heard… the kiss is frozen in time.
My personal thoughts are that Beautiful Man is so much more than a manga. As we’ve followed the course of Dokgo Mate’s growth as a business man we’ve learned right along with him. Practical and valuable people skills, that can make the difference between success and failure in personal or professional growth. The Ten Women & their lessons in a diagram. Our thanks to Yani Cri for sharing!
I can’t imagine anyone else but Jang Keun Suk playing Dokgo Mate. The role seems tailor made for him. In the beginning I could see how he’d crafted his character. Hitting on some of the top character qualities that made Eels fall in love with him in the first place. But as the story line moved on… we came not to see Jang Keun Suk, nor character’s he’s played, but a sweet & real person, named Dokgo Mate one who made us believe again in love.
I also want to note, that I loved IU as Kim Bo Tong. Early on in the drama I started referring to her as Bo Tongie… with all the affection that implies. For many Eels, including myself, Bo Tongie was ‘Super Eel.’ So much of what she said or did reminded us of our own love for the man who played Mate, and made us smile. She was Mate’s greatest fan… just as Eels are the greatest fans of Jang Keun Suk!
The dialogue was written in Beautiful Man in such a way, that I totally could identify with the emotions Jang Keun Suk was displaying. As emotional scene after emotional scene occurred putting our emotions through the wringer, this drama definitely hit my buttons. Out of all the characters Jang Keun Suk has played, I don’t think I’ve ever identified with one more.